Quote of the week

My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?

Nathaniel P.Morris
Scientific American
18 June 2008

What an unfortunate choice of words

Mcebisi Skwatsha, who is recovering after being knifed at a party meeting last week, told The Times yesterday that the ANC desperately needs to stop the back-stabbing within its ranks. Skwatsha, the ANC provincial secretary, was stabbed in the neck at a party meeting in Worcester last week.

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